Brownsville: Palmito Ranch Battlefield

The Battle at Palmito Ranch took place on May 12 and 13, 1865 and is considered the last land battle of the Civil War. Union foot soldiers, including some from the 62nd U.S. Colored Infantry stationed on Brazos Island on the Texas Coast, came ashore on the night of May 11 en route to seize Brownsville. The Confederate troops outnumbered the Union forces and also possessed artillery and cavalry units. The Union troops were forced to retreat to Brazos Island. When visiting the site, a good pair of walking shoes or boots is recommended.  When driving the length of the battlefield, listen to its history by tuning into radio channel 1610 AM.

Palmito Ranch Battlefield

  • Hours: Open daylight hours
  • Admission: none
  • 12 miles east of Brownsville on Texas Highway 4, Brownsville, TX
  • National Register of Historic Places